A CLAIM OF HER OWN
Whitson creates more than a story;
she brings readers into a family. Her
latest novel is a comfy read that draws on the threads of friendship, trust, love and boundaries. Readers will enjoy the earthy characters whose personalities leap off the page. Although the storyline
is a bit predictable and the ending abrupt, the book has an enjoyable
small-town feel and lively characters.
Determined to survive, Mattie learns the ways of gold mining and discovers that sometimes trust is the key to survival. As she makes friends, Mattie realizes that life is better, until she meets Reverend Aron Gallagher. He has the voice of a preacher but the characteristics of a gambler with a shady past. Can he convince her that he's a man who can be trusted? (BETHANY HOUSE, Apr., 320 pp., $13.99)